Excited about the Apple Watch? Here are the best sites where you can find out more about it. Preview the apps, design a custom watch band, or update your iPhone app so it works with the device.
Whether you’re planning to buy an Apple Watch, or want to learn more before committing, the following five sites are essential to check out. Let’s get started.
AppWatchList: List of Apps That Are Watch-Ready
Are you wondering which apps support Apple Watch right now? AppWatchList is a site you can scroll through to find out. If an app you love is supported, you’ll see its icon here.
Click any icon to see the app in the App Store. The list is crowdsourced, so if an app is missing you can send the site’s maintainer a note.
Watch Apps: Preview Watch Apps in Your Browser
Of course, a list of apps isn’t worth much if you don’t know how they work. WatchAware is setting itself up as the go-to blog for news about the Apple Watch. Catch previews of how these apps will look and act.
You’ll see the main interface, notifications and the quick glance view for each. It’s not a full recreation of an app’s interface, sure, but it gives you an idea of how things will work.
Casetify Custom Watch Bands: Add Your Own Photos
Apple is offering a wide variety of bands for their watch, but the market for custom third party bands is sure to be huge. Casetify is an early entrant to this contest, offering a tool for creating a custom watch band right now.
Upload your own photos and see how they look. Even if you don’t want to order anything yet, it’s fun to play with – give it a shot.
Bezel: Preview Tool For App Developers (Mac)
If you’ve made your own iPhone app, you’re probably going to want to make sure your app works with Apple Watch. The official Apple Watch programming guide is a great place to start, but once you get going you would want to visualize how your apps will look on the various versions of the device.
Bezel can help: it lets you preview your app on a range of different Watch designs.
The colour of the watch your app is viewed on might make it look different, especially if your colours clash with the watch itself. Bezel lets you preview your app on various designs, helping you make sure it looks great on all of them.
Apple Watch Icon Template: Design an Icon For Your Watch App
If you’re designing an app for the watch, you’re going to need an icon. AppIconTemplate.com is already offering a Photoshop template for the job.
A beautiful icon for your app itself is of course essential, but so are icons for the interface. Chronoicons.com is offering a free set for that. Consider that one a bonus.
Will You Buy an Apple Watch?
It’s not clear at this point whether The Apple Watch and the various Android Wear competitors are the future of wearable computing or just a gimmick. It will be fascinating to find out, and I hope the above sites give you just a little bit of insight.
What other sites should anyone interested in the Apple Watch check out? Let’s compile more in the comments below!